Thailand morning news for December 27

Thailand morning news for December 27
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Prayut troubled by fake news
Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the military to be more proactive in tackling fake news online.
— Bangkok Post

Finance Ministry upbeat on private investment
The Finance Ministry has painted a rosy picture of private investment, forecasting 2020 growth of 4.6%, up from 2.7% predicted for this year.
— Bangkok Post

Scheme okays 28 SMEs
An initiative offering 3 billion baht in soft loans to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has had 28 companies approved, obtaining loans for a combined 70.8 million baht, according to an Industry Ministry report.
— Bangkok Post

Fiscal 2021 budget of B3.3tn heads to cabinet
The government has set a fiscal 2021 budget of 3.3 trillion baht with a deficit of 523 billion baht.
— Bangkok Post

Condo supply to see drop
New condo supply being launched in Bangkok next year will continue to decline as the unsold amount keeps rising and prices remain competitive, says property consultant Colliers International Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Tech opens doors for sunrise industries
Despite the economic slowdown bringing various businesses to their knees this year, some segments still managed to thrive, driven by new technologies that make life more convenient.
— Bangkok Post

Tributes paid at tsunami memorials
Survivors and relatives of victims of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami gathered in Andaman coastal provinces on Thursday, where 369 victims still lie unidentified in Bang Maruan cemetery in Phangnga province.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Chamber of Commerce proposes draft law to improve air quality
The Thai Chamber of Commerce has submitted a proposal to Speaker of the House of Representatives Chuan Leekpai on a draft law to tackle air pollution, deeming that the issue has also affected the Thai economy.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand’s Prime Minister Orders Quick Action on Thai Baht
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered authorities to immediately stabilize the baht value and control its rise.
— Chiang Rai Times

Thai Court to Rule on Petition Seeking Dissolution of Leading Opposition Party
Thailand’s Constitutional Court is expected to issue a ruling next month that could lead to the opposition Future Forward Party being dissolved over a complaint alleging it is plotting to overthrow the monarchy.
— Benar News

B1.5bn Phuket cable car project given green light
The Phuket provincial committee of the National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC), chaired by Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana, has approved in principle for a sightseeing cable car operating three kilometres long to be built in Phuket.
— The Phuket News

Preparing for Thailand 4.0: Revamping vocational training for the future of work
Despite the rhetoric from the Thai government around Thailand 4.0—the national strategy focused on accelerating innovation and digital transformation—Thailand still faces constraints in realising her future-ready vision.
— Asean Today

PM visits Chaiyaphum to inspect drought situation
The Prime Minister has visited Chaiyaphum province to inspected the drought situation there.
— Newsline (video)

DPM Somkid discusses NESDC 2020 economic measures
The Deputy Prime Minister for economic affairs has urged the National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) to maintain and develop measures to assist the grassroots economy, the agricultural sector, and SMEs, to reduce inequality.
— Newsline (video)

UNHCR welcomes Thai Cabinet approval of national screening mechanism
In a development welcomed by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, the Thai Cabinet approved on 24 December 2019 the establishment of a screening mechanism to distinguish people who need international protection from economic migrants.
— Reliefweb

Thailand’s New Property Tax Creates Panic With Landowners
Thailand’s Finance Ministry reports that the new property tax rules have sent many confused land and property owners into a panic.
— Chiang Rai Times

Central Retail Corp plans to raise up to $2.7 bln in Thailand’s biggest IPO
Thailand’s largest retailer, Central Retail Corporation, plans to raise up to 81.1 billion baht ($2.7 billion) in an initial public offer (IPO), the company said in a filing on Thursday, in what would be the country’s largest IPO.
— Nasdaq

Vietnam beats Thailand as favorite SE Asian destination among Taiwanese
Vietnam has surpassed Thailand as the favorite Southeast Asian tourist destination among international travelers from Taiwan, with the number of Taiwanese visiting the country exceeding 700,000 during the first 10 months of this year.
— Taiwan News

Asia Rice-Thai rice export prices rise as drought triggers future supply concerns
Thailand’s rice export prices rose this week on concerns that a drought hitting the country may harm future supplies of the crop, while the festive season led to thin trade in India and Vietnam.
— Financial Post

Khon Masked Drama of Thailand From Royal Performance to UNESCO World Heritage
In 2018, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization resolved to include Thailand’s Khon Masked Drama in its Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
— Newsline (video)

Scams to look out for this festive season
As the world gets ready to ring in the New Year, the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) has issued a warning, asking people to look out for scammers who will stop at nothing to fool potential victims.
— Bangkok Post

Minister Tewan inspects used car tents
The Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office has visited used car tents in Bangkok to inspect used car sales contracts, aimed at protecting consumers from unfair trade practices.
— Newsline (video)

Endangered species of crane saved from extinction in Thailand
An endangered species of the crane has been saved from extinction in Thailand, thanks to a project supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
— Devdiscourse

Culture Minister invites the public to join his agency’s NY activities
The Culture Minister has invited members of the public to join his ministry’s New Year activities from December 28th to January 1st.
— Newsline (video)

Central Retail Corporation poised for 2020 IPO at B40-48 per share
Central Retail Corporation, the retail arm of Central Group and the country’s biggest mall operator, has set a preliminary price range for an IPO at 40-48 baht per share, with a par value of one baht apiece.
— Bangkok Post

Thanathorn delays hearing charges
Future Forward Party (FFP) leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has been granted a delay in hearing charges against him in connection with a flash mob incident on Dec 14.
— Bangkok Post

Elderly disabled homeless man getting assistance back to England from Pattaya Law Enforcement
Pattaya Law Enforcement reported on their social media feeds today that an elderly, homeless English man who is in a wheelchair is getting help from them to go back home to England.
— The Pattaya News

Changi consortium wins Indonesian airport management project
Indonesia next year will offer more airport management projects to foreign investors after awarding its first to a foreign company on Thursday (Dec 26), the transportation minister said.

Police investigate leaked footage of CCTV in Thai Prison in South Thailand
Technology crime suppression police are investigating how the living conditions of prisoners inside the Lang Suan district prison, in Thailand’s southern province of Chumpon, were exposed on social media.
— The Pattaya News

Chiang Mai airport to close early on Dec 31
Chiang Mai airport will cancel 54 flights and reschedule 37 others on New Year’s Eve to avoid lanterns and fireworks during the countdown to 2020.
— Bangkok Post travel

Year-end storms batter everyone politically
The Pheu Thai Party has suffered a shock by-election loss. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has been deemed by Government House reporters a confused hypocrite, but his bigger worries should be about problems among coalition partners. Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and his top lieutenants are staring at party dissolution and even jail.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand to Ring in New Year with Slight Coolness
Cuddle up to your loved ones and count down into 2020 as a slight breeze cools your outdoor fair sweat – Thailand is expecting slightly cooler weather as the new year approaches.
— Khaosod English

Market regulator fingers Energy Earth trio
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has accused three executives of Energy Earth Plc of failure to submit documents and concealment of the truth from investors.
— Bangkok Post

Dozens of Thai ID cards and personal documents found dumped by roadside in Banglamung, police say they were dropped by mistake
The Bang Lamung Police Chief Colonel Pattanachai Pamornpiboon told The Pattaya News over the Christmas holiday that dozens of identification cards and official documents found by local residents dumped on the side of a local road were dropped by mistake.
— The Pattaya News

Memorial services held across Phuket to remember Boxing Day Tsunami fifteen years ago
Deputy Prime Minister Nipon Boonyamanee presided over a ceremony, at the memorial park in Ban Nam Khem, Takuapa district of the coastal province of Phang-nga today (Thursday), to remember the victims of the tsunami, which brought devastation to Thailand’s west coast on December 26th, 2004.
— The Pattaya News

Our Person of the Year 2019: Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit
The tycoon-turned-politician’s pledges to combat the military’s influence as well as chronic inequality in Thai society struck a chord with millions of voters, especially the youth.
— Khaosod English

Chiang Mai rescue worker disguises himself to thwart student suicide
A rescue worker dressed up as a homeless man to thwart a possible suicide attempt of a young student who was about to jump from a pedestrian bridge in Chiang Mai.
— The Thaiger

Former deputy finance minister Benja jailed for two years
Former deputy finance minister Benja Louicharoen and three former senior revenue officials were sentenced to two-year in prison without suspension today (Thursday ) after being found guilty of malfeasance in office, for helping two children of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra evade or reduce their tax liability, related to the purchase of over 329 million shares of Shin Corporation.
— Thai PBS News

LINE’s on-demand service platform LINE MAN adds food delivery, taxi hailing in Thailand
Messenger app LINE has announced the launch of a new on-demand service called LINE MAN in Thailand, a report by The Korea Times said.
— e27

Prices of unsold condo units to dip
Prices of unsold, ready-to-transfer condos next year are expected to continue falling as negative factors hold back investment buyers and real demand, says property consultant Nexus Property Marketing Co.
— Bangkok Post property

Japan trendy among Thais for New Year
Bookings by Thai travellers of Airbnb accommodation in Japan over the New Year holiday are showing strong growth from last year, the home-sharing platform says.
— Bangkok Post

Man arrested over anti-Buddhism Facebook
The administrator of the Luang Pi Justin Wat Do U Mean V2 Facebook page famous for mocking Buddhism has been arrested for disseminating inappropriate content and online fraud.
— Bangkok Post

RMUTT welcomes M.6 and vocational students to study in the Faculty of Business Administration in 2020
The Faculty of Business Administration, Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi (RMUTT), is accepting new students for the academic year 2020.
— Bangkok Post

All set for mass exodus from Bangkok for New Year celebrations
Police are all set to cope with the big exodus, expected to begin tonight and into tomorrow (Friday), as hundreds of thousands of revellers leave Bangkok for the provinces to celebrate New Year.
— Thai PBS News

Concern over large amount of dead fish found in Bang Lamung canal-Video
A large amount of dead fish have been found in a prominent Banglamung canal yesterday, December 25, 2019.
— The Pattaya News

Retail market forecast for 3-year gain
Despite relatively high household debt and low consumer confidence, Thailand’s retail market is expected to grow, helped by foreigners’ spending, says Nexus Real Estate Advisory.
— Bangkok Post property

Top 5 places to go for New Years Eve in Phuket (2020)
Where better to spend your new year’s celebrations than the tropical island of Phuket. There’s such a variety of excellent choices you have some big decisions to make!
— The Thaiger


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Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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